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What happens if you break your Apple AirPods? It looks like you will have to just buy another pair. A teardown of the Bluetooth earbuds revealed that the AirPods are almost impossible to repair, difficult to recycle, and are held together mostly by glue. The iFixit team had a heck of time getting the AirPods to... Read more...
Welcome back for the latest installment of HOT deals, direct from our friends at TechBargains. On tap for you all today, we have deals on Dell XPS 13 Intel Core i5-7200U Kaby Lake based laptop with touch, a Samsung Gear S2 Android Smartwatch, and much more. Full details for all of today’s deals are available... Read more...
Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge owners waiting patiently for an Android 7.0 Nougat update for their handset may feel the way Bill Murray did in the movie Groundhog Day in which each new day was the same as the last. Only instead of reliving each day from start to finish, Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge owners are... Read more...
Are you still looking for a last-minute gift to give a friend or relative for Christmas? If you had your heart set on gifting an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot, you might want to consider an alternative. While inventory of Echo products isn’t nearly as dire as that of the Nintendo NES Classic Edition, Amazon.com is now sold... Read more...
Hardcore gamers have been able to pay a premium for a much higher end Xbox One controller for the past year and a half. The customizable Xbox One Elite accessory delivers a more responsive and custom gaming experience with hair trigger locks, interchangeable paddles, swappable thumbsticks, and other amenities. Now in... Read more...
When it comes to questions swirling around Apple’s Mac division, there’s the corporate speak, and then there’s the commentary from the folks down in the trenches deep within Apple. Earlier today, we heard from Apple CEO Tim Cook that users need not be worried about the direction of the Mac. "Some folks in the media... Read more...
Update 12/20/2016 - This article has been updated with AMD Radeon Pro WX 7100 benchmarks and information. The Radeon Pro WX 7100 is currently the highest-end card in AMD's Pro WX series line-up.  AMD initially unveiled the Polaris-based Radeon Pro WX-series of professional workstation graphics cards all the... Read more...
Nintendo is planning to launch a brand new game console in just a few months, one that will attempt to bridge the gap between stationary and mobile gaming, but do not expect the new system to be faster than current generation consoles. The Switch, as it is called, is said to sport a graphics chip based on NVIDIA's... Read more...
Steve Jobs, may he rest in peace, once likened the desktop PC to a truck in a world full of cars. In his opinion, the PC was on its way out in favor of alternate form factors, in particular the iPad. This was part of his infamous post-PC era dialogue and if he was still in charge of Apple, we might be looking at a... Read more...
Earlier this month, we informed you of a nasty vulnerability in certain Netgear routers that opened them up to remote exploits, including “arbitrary command injection” by nefarious parties. Four months after Netgear was first notified about the exploit, no response from the company (or fix) was provided, so a proof of... Read more...
If you’re looking to hide your tracks on-line or just access restrictive streaming services from anywhere around the globe, we’ve got a deal running in the HotHardware Shop you’ll want to check out. The Ultimate SmartDNS & VPN Lifetime Bundle is currently discounted by 95% and available for under... Read more...
Nintendo’s proclamations that anyone wanting to get their hands on an NES Classic Edition in time for Christmas seem to be falling flat. We’ve seen the console sell out in record time whenever they are found in stock, with some retailers resorting to a lottery system to get the consoles into the hands of eager beaver... Read more...
Minecraft mania is expanding to yet another platform; this time it’s making an appearance on the fourth generation Apple TV. Apple first revealed that Minecraft would be coming to Apple TV at the October event that introduced us to the 2016 family of MacBook Pro notebooks. The incredibly popular open-world sandbox game is priced at $19.99 Read more...
In early January, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced his plans to build his own Jarvis personal AI assistant as an homage to the AI “butler” of the same name in the Iron Man movies. "My personal challenge for 2016 is to build a simple AI to run my home and help me with my work. You can think of it kind of like... Read more...
Welcome back for the latest installment of HOT deals, direct from our friends at TechBargains. On tap for you all today, we have deals on an Amazon Fire HD 8 Quad-Core 16GB Tablet, a liquid-cooled Gigabyte AMD Fury X 4GB GPU, and more. Full details for all of today’s deals are available below. Feature Amazon... Read more...
While the United States military, politicians and the incoming President Elect are bickering over the most expensive weapons acquisition program in history — the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II — Russia is moving forward with the development of the Sukhoi T-50 fifth-generation air superiority fighter. The... Read more...
Google said several months ago that it was partnering with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to build 100 autonomous Pacifica Hybrid minivans, a move that would double Google's self-driving fleet. Now it is about to make good on that arrangement. Chrysler announced today that production of all 100 Pacifica Hybrid... Read more...
At long last, Nintendo is beginning to embrace the massive market that is mobile gaming. The company's early involvement in bringing its iconic characters to smartphones has been nothing short of incredible—there was Pokemon Go, the mobile title by Niantic that licensed Nintendo's IP and created a gaming frenzy... Read more...
If you were already a fan of Samsung’s Notebook 9 series, the South Korean electronics giant has just given you a few more reasons to consider pulling out your credit card. Samsung has not only made some tweaks to the exterior of the 13.3- and 15-inch notebooks, but it has upgraded the internal hardware to keep the... Read more...
NVIDIA hit a home run with its Pascal GPU architecture, which is a savory combination of performance and power efficiency. Depending on the part, there can be some impressive overclocking headroom available as well. That was certainly case when teams of overclockers armed with a GALAX GeForce GTX 1060 Hall of Fame... Read more...
Capcom is taking a page from the Puritan authorities in The Scarlet Letter, only instead of forcing adulterers to wear the letter "A" as punishment for their wicked ways, the developer is going going to brand rage quitters in Street Fighter V with a skull icon. These badges of shame will appear in the profiles of... Read more...
With so many online communication tools allowing you to conduct group calls, it's really quite surprising that Facebook has yet to catch up - at least on the desktop side. This past spring, the company updated its Messenger mobile app to support group calling, but for when actual work is getting done, chances are good... Read more...
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